Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Greenville Junior High Band Program Ends Successful Year in Columbus.

The Greenville Junior High Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian McKibben, recently traveled to Columbus, Ohio as guests of Representative Jim Buchy. The Jazz Band, made up of 7th and 8th grade band students, performed in concert at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower. Following their performance the students were treated to lunch and then took part in a wonderful tour of the Ohio Statehouse.

During lunch students spent time speaking with Representative Buchy, who discussed topics of government, how the House of Representatives functions as a law making body, and his role in the House of Representatives. Students also reviewed how many Senators (33) and Representatives (99) held office and how bills are introduced and become law. He also answered student and chaperone questions. Mr. Buchy stressed the importance of hard work and doing well in school. The students and adults thoroughly enjoyed the visit and time spent with Representative Jim Buchy.

The guided tour of our Ohio Statehouse was very interesting and educational as well. Students were guided, by a retired history teacher, through the expansive Greek Revival building that has a footprint of two acres. Students were able to see the chambers of both the Senate and House of Representatives. Students also were able to view the historic 1945 painting by Howard Chandler of the 1795 signing of the Treaty of Greenville as well as many other historical artifacts.

The GJHS Jazz Band is one of the activities in which Junior High Band members may choose to participate. The Jazz Band meets before school each Wednesday and is designed to give students, of any band instrument, an additional outlet to use and improve their musical skills. The Jazz Band also is used as an avenue to begin students on drum set, bass guitar, guitar, and keyboards and as a stepping stone into the GHS Jazz Scene.

The Junior High Band Program includes and emphasizes the concert bands, solo and ensemble participation, and the jazz band.
Pictured are members of the Jazz Band performing in Columbus on May 19, 2015.

2014-2015 Jazz Band Personnel

Katie Baughman, trumpet
Cassey Bolyard, flute
Andrew Bonfiglio, drum set
Madelyn Breig, alto sax
Calab Browder, trombone
Aaron Buchy, baritone sax
Levi Cain, clarinet
Anna Chavez, trumpet
Caleb Coppess, trumpet
Ashton Crowell, trumpet
Lauren Dull, trombone
Dennis Forte, trombone
Josh Galloway, tenor sax
Sophie Gettinger, piano
Destiny Grillot, flute
Garrett Hartle, tuba
Makayla Hess, flute
Taylor Hines, clarinet
Shelby Johns, trumpet
Caitlynne Kinard, clarinet
Marabelle Lance, piano
Ian Laux, trumpet
Casey Malott, flute
Anna Manges, flute
Samantha Newberry, clarinet
Shawna Osborne, trumpet
Dylan Snyder, alto sax
Lily Stiefel, flute
Jordyn Warren, flute
Levi Wilson, trombone

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